Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe is comprised of two volcanic islands in the mid-Atlantic. A former Portuguese colony, it has been democratic since 1991, with two brief periods of military unrest since then. French and Portuguese are widely spoken. Sao Tome has a number of interesting churches and a cathedral.

The highest mountain is the volcano Pico de Sao Tomé at 2024m (6640ft). It is part of Obo National Park, which covers most of the southwest of the island. More spectacular is the dramatic Pico Cao Grande, a volcanic plug peak that rises over 300m (1000ft) above the surrounding area. Principe is a far smaller island, with a population of only 5000.


Sao Tome and Principe flag

Why you should go:

Equatorial Guinea is too dangerous.

Why you shouldn't:

It won't keep you entertained for too long.

Map of Sao Tome and Principe